Thursday, January 4, 2007
Local News Briefs
Judge Elliott to take oath of office on January 4 in Ripley
Newly elected Third District Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Elliott will be sworn in at an investiture ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Tippah County Courthouse in Ripley.
Senior Circuit Judge Henry Lackey will administer the oath of office. Judge Elliott’s wife, Anne Smith Elliott, will hold the Bible and assist him in donning his robe. Judge Lackey and Circuit Judge Andrew K. Howorth will speak.
Elliott was elected to a newly created judgeship in the Third Circuit District, which includes Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties.
Judge Elliott is among 20 new chancery, circuit, and county court judges statewide who will take the oath of office within the next few days.
Judge Elliott has practiced law in Ripley since 1962. He was senior partner of the firm of Elliott, Permenter & Babb, P.A. He is a past president of the Third Circuit Court District Bar Association. He served two terms as a trustee of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, and he is a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners. The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed him to two terms on the Bar Complaint Tribunal.
He is a past president of the Ripley Rotary Club and a member of the Tippah County Development Foundation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a past president of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and a member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame.
He served on the staff of the Naval War College from 1958 to 1960, acquiring the rank of lieutenant. He is a member of American Legion Post 81.
He is an elder, trustee and Sunday School teacher at Ripley Presbyterian Church. He is on the Judicial Council of the Presbytery of St. Andrew.
Unemployment up slightly in state, Marshall, Benton
Mississippi’s unemployment rate increased slightly from October’s rate of 6.6 percent to 6.9 in November, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced last week.
November’s rate was two full points lower than a year ago when the state was dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Twenty-nine counties reported unemployment rates equal to or less than Mississippi’s rate with Lafayette County recording the lowest rate in November at 4.2 percent.
Jefferson and Noxubee counties posted the highest rates at 14.0 and 13.2 percent.
Fourteen counties posted double-digit rates, including Benton at 12.2 percent (up from 11.1 in October) and Marshall at 11.5 (up from 9.9 the previous month).
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